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Fa - ther all cre - at - ing, Whose wis-dom, love, and power
First bound two lives to - geth - er
E-den's pri-mal hour,
to these Thy chil-dren Thine earliest gifts re - new,
That guarded by Thy presence,
From sin and strife kept free, Their lives may own Thy guidance,
Their hearts be ruled by Thee. 4 Except Thou build it, Father,
The house is built in vain; Except Thou, Savior, bless it,
The joy will turn to pain; But naught can break the marriage
Of hearts in Thee made one, And love Thy Spirit hallows Is endless love begun.
J. Ellerton, 1876
And peace that knows no sad - ness, Thy presence, Lord, at-test.
2 As once in Eden's springtime,
As once at Cana's feast, So consecrate this bridal
Be Thou its guest and priest! With sunshine wreathe the altar,
Chase every cloud away, Nor let their voices falter
Who plight their troth today. 3 God bless the bride and bridegroom,
And fill with joy their life; Keep them, through all its changes,
True husband, faithful wife!
If Thou wilt smile upon them,
They shall not need the sun; This thought their hearts rejoicing
Henceforth, not twain but one. 4 With Thy great love befriend them,
The love that casts out fear; And make a rainbow round them
For every falling tear: Till, all their sheaves well-garnered,
Heaven's harvest home they raise, Where love, that knows no ending, Inspires more perfect praise.
J. B. Greenwood, b. 1828
far than earth-ly guest, Vouch - safe Thy pres-ence here;
ho - ly Thou in - deed dost prove The mar-riage vow to
2 The holiest vow that man can make,
The golden thread in life,
That bindeth man and wife;
No evil shall destroy,
And doubles every joy.
O Lord, Thy blessing pour,
To love Thee more and more;
In purity and love,
Adelaide Thrupp, 1853
2 ( happy home, where two in heart united
In holy faith, and blessed hope, are one,
And cannot end the union here begun!
5 O happy home, where Thou art not forgotten,
Is brought, Physician, Comforter, to Thee,-
All meet Thee in the blessed home above,
C. J. P. Spitta, 1833
love that knows no end - ing, Whom Thou for - ev-er-more dost join in one.
2 () perfect Life, be Thou their full assurance
Of tender charity and steadfast faith,
3 Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;
Dorothy F. Bloomfield, 1883